Advent VersesIn the Old Testament, Isaiah 7:14 tells us He will be born of a virgin.
In the New Testament, scripture is fulfilled in Matthew 1:21-23, as an angel appears to Joseph in a dream and mirrors these same words.
"You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. -Genesis 3:4
And so sin entered the world. Our verse for today recalls the lie told in the garden. Though we don't know what kind of fruit it was, a simple drawing of an apple would make a nice ornament for today. If you are using symbols rather than pictures, you could hang a small fake snake to help remember this part of the story.
To ExploreThe Nutracker is a famous Russian ballet that began as a storybook entitled The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T. Hoffmann. This version was never actually intended for children, though the ballet has become a classic children's Christmas tale. It evolved from story to play to ballet, set to the music of Tchaikovsky.
- Lesson Plans for Duke Ellington's version of the Nutcracker Suite
- Unit Study on The Nutcracker Suite (this was free last year, but is currently $3.99)
Christmas Around the WorldRussia!
Russian Christmas contains an interesting history including the banning of celebrations, a different celebration date, and a 40 day advent season!
To read about Russia's rich history and traditions, visit:
Christmas in Russia
Russian Christmas Dinner
A nice summary of all-of-the-above
Not Christmas related, but a nice, condensed history of Russia
Historically, St. Nicholas is dear to Russia, but not as a Santa Claus figure. Russians instead look forward to a figure known as Father Frost. St. Nicholas was brought to Russia in the days of Vladimir the Great and even now, Nikolai is one of the most popular boy names in Russia. You can read more about St. Nicholas in Russia at The St. Nicholas Center.
TheTale of Babushka is perhaps more popular in the western world than in Russia, but nonetheless, it is a great Russian Christmas Folktale.
To wish a Merry Christmas in Russian, say "'S Rozhdestvom khristovym!" or simply "S Rozhdestvom!", emphasizing the last syllable.
Hands On (cooking, coloring, creating)
- Make a nutcracker from a potato chip can - or this version.
- Another potato chip can project, this one printable
- Make a nutcracker from clay pots.
- Make a GIANT nutcracker from clay pots.
- Build a nutcracker out of legos.
- Printable, moveable nutcracker ornament (beautiful and simple!)
- Want to make one like the pros?
- Learn to draw symmetrical nutcrackers (excellent lesson!)
- Color a Nutcracker online
- Print Nutcracker Puppets.
- Paper Bag Nutcracker puppet
- Print Nutrcracker Pages Here, here, and here.
- Scroll down for a Cross-Stitch Nutcracker Pattern
- Turn heart-shaped sugar cookies into Mouse King cookies
- Cut and glue construction paper nutcrackers
- Russia Fact Book (fabulous Social Studies assignment!)
- Blank map and answer key, a more basic map printable, and a fun version
- Flag printable
- Russia Lapbook
- Russia Notebooking page and another
- Work on Russian Vocabulary
MusicTchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite
The Nutcracker with pictures by Maurice Sendak
The Nutcracker: A Magic Theatre Book
Mary Englebreit's Nutcracker
The Nutcracker Book Set and Advent Calendar
Nutcracker Sticker Activity Books
Ella Bella Ballerina and the Nutcracker
MoviesThe Nutcracker ballet, with Baryshnikov
The Untold Story
The Nutcracker Sweet